Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley has taken on an additional role inside the Pentagon – leading the congressionally-mandated transformation of the Department’s acquisition office.
It’s a powerful spot for the longtime Navy acquisition head to be in, one which lends fuel to the rumors that he could be in line to take over a transformed office of the Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L), despite having served the last eight years in the Obama administration.
The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act instructed the Pentagon to devolve AT&L into two separate offices, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment (AT&S), and a new undersecretary for research and engineering (R&E), essentially a chief technology officer. Those changes are supposed to be in place by Feb. 1, 2018.
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